Pan Am HOV lanes Toronto

Toronto commuters get all fired up by new HOV lanes

The HOV lanes for the Pan Am Games opened in Toronto this morning, and right away commuters voiced their displeasure at increased travel times and those breaking the rules. Despite months of warning, the activation of the lanes today seemed to come as a very unwelcome surprise for thousands of commuters, many of whom took to social media to air their frustration.

Many reported suffering double commute times, though there were also a number of collisions that slowed things up for the masses making their way into work this morning. If there was a central focus of drivers' collective ire it was the use of HOV lanes by people with less than three people per car.

Oh, Toronto. We really do know how to whine about things. But, I'll give you that being stuck in traffic while watching fellow drivers blatantly break the rules is a hollowing experience. Anybody interest in making an Olympic bid soon?

And to think, the increased traffic that will accompany the Games hasn't really flooded the road system. Do be sure to read up on how to get around the city during this major event or your next tweet could resemble one of these.

Photo by George Socka in the blogTO Flickr pool.


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